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Mice Net : October 2008
in memoriam Vale Dawn Janece Wells Tuesday,September 2,2008 slip away courageously but unwillingly at a very young 59 years after her battle against cancer. Dawn was a most generous industry friend and a keen supporter of the women’s network. Dawn has been one of my inspirations from her days at Southern Cross Hotels where she was director of sales & marketing for Melbourne and Sydney properties. A real tribute to her management is the loyalty shown by her PA at the time, Merril Blake who has been a part of the journey over so many years supporting Dawn. At Reed Publications Dawn played a significant part in the team that launched the M&C Asia Pacific publication as well as selling advertising in their US publications - at the time Dawn’s success no doubt made her one of the most highly paid women in our industry, such were the amazing outcomes she achieved. In her business, DW Marketing Partnerships (DWMP) Dawn always demonstrated an incredible stamina for getting things done. For such a small package of 4’ 9” she was a dynamo! Dawn joined ACE long before it became MEA and was a great support on committees and also was active in AIA where she managed the secretariat for a period. Dawn developed a strong representation business at DWMP for DMCs around the world linking them with incentive operators here and in New Zealand and facilitated the local presence for many of her clients at AIME. Dawn’s love of Paris, champagne, The Ritz and all things French lured her back and forth to Paris and Marseille where she adored the cousins she traced on an earlier trip. At her instruction her friends and family celebrated her last days with French champagne. Dawn’s other passion were the properties she developed, first Kerrabee in the Hunter Valley where she entertained many industry colleagues and then sold it on as a B & B. Then at Port Macquarie the seven villa homes, a duplex and the latest one, an eco-friendly home she managed from site selection, design and build to marketing and sale. Dawn had the talent to take a project and once committed see it through to a positive conclusion. On a posting in the USA her son Damien Reeves was born and Dawn always balanced her hectic business life with her single mum’s responsibilities as she was totally committed to her son. Dawn is survived by Damien, her dad, mother, three sisters -Lynette, Joy and Lorraine and their families. T - Ros McLeod, Tour Hosts here are lots of great aspects to our meetings industry, not the least of which are the friends we make along the way. Over her final days I shared in the bedside vigil of Dawn Wells from DW Partnerships with family and friends. It’s been a tough time watching a friend and colleague of more than 30 years 10 mice.net